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I'm going full nomad on next months, and have been looking for a solution to my computer. I use a mid tower HAF922 chassis, which served me for nearly six years. I will have to travel a lot now, including by airplane, and a laptop is not a option for me since I want to play games, and laptops capable of gaming get too much hot and are expensive. Also I can't fix it on the run if some problem happens.

So I was looking for a mini-ITX solution that can fit in a bag, and combine it with a Gechic 15" monitor. But I undecided about what case to buy. So far I want to reuse my videocard, which is a HIS Ice-Q HD6950. I took it out of my case yesterday just to take a look, and after five years and a half it is still in good condition, since it have good cooling, but I dont known how it would behave in such tiny cases. I also want to reuse two of my four memory sticks, which are Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1333, but I dont known if they will work in a DDR4 motherboard socket. I have four 3,5 hdd, which I can reuse one or another.

I have been swinging from the RVZ02 to the TU200 and back. Have considered the M1 case, but it is expensive and dont have a handle like the TU200 does. The RVZ02 dont have a handle as well and would require me to buy a new hd. Also I dont known if both would fit my bag, probably they would require a bigger bag.

I'm very worried about ventilation. How would ventilation behave in such cases? The RVZ02 dont have coolers but the grills are well-positioned. The TU200 have a front cooler but dont have side grills, which is worrisome.

I also considered the TU100 (which would require a mini video card) but it is too small and I fear it will get hotter than the TU200.

So, I need some advice from experts. I will carry the computer as carry-on in a plane, but I will also have to bring headphone, two external hds, keyboard, mouse and the Gechic monitor. Will it weight too much? Should I dispatch the monitor in this case?
Edited by Wolfstorm21 - 5/3/17 at 11:12am
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don't know what your budget is, but http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/one
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A cabin trolley bag is usually limited to 55x35x20cm. This is outside size, including handles, wheels, frames etc.. The inside is usually more like 50x30x16.
TU200 is 36x32x22 cm. It will never fit into a bag.You have a good chance that you can not even bring it on outside a bag.
The RVZ02 is 38x37x9cm. Again, cannot fit into the 50x30 size inside. Even without a bag, you may have issues.
The Corsair case sounds viable size wise.

Next thing is weight. Most airlines have 7-9kg limits. The lightest internals go about 2.5kg. If you go water, 3.5 HDD or some crazy tower cooler, you can go to like 3-4-5 kg. Now add the weight of the case, which is about 3.2-3.6 kg empty, you are at 6 kg. The bag may add 1-2 kg and you are at limit.

Why you need an LCD? Most hotels around the globe are equipped with LCDs nowaday. Just hook your PC up to that.

For a good while, before I got the Pipedream, I carried my PC in the MoBo's paper box. Lightest smallest possible. Cut a hole for the PSU cabling so you don't need to disconnect the MoBo and the PSU. Then, just throw in a GPU. This will give you the lightest, cheapest ($0), most size economic solution with good airflow (every component can access unlimited air volume). Yes, you will need like 5 mins to assemble and disassemble.
Edited by Pendra - 5/4/17 at 6:19pm
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I'm going full nomad on next months, and have been looking for a solution to my computer. I use a mid tower HAF922 chassis, which served me for nearly six years. I will have to travel a lot now, including by airplane, and a laptop is not a option for me since I want to play games, and laptops capable of gaming get too much hot and are expensive. Also I can't fix it on the run if some problem happens.

So I was looking for a mini-ITX solution that can fit in a bag, and combine it with a Gechic 15" monitor. But I undecided about what case to buy. So far I want to reuse my videocard, which is a HIS Ice-Q HD6950. I took it out of my case yesterday just to take a look, and after five years and a half it is still in good condition, since it have good cooling, but I dont known how it would behave in such tiny cases. I also want to reuse two of my four memory sticks, which are Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1333, but I dont known if they will work in a DDR4 motherboard socket. I have four 3,5 hdd, which I can reuse one or another.

I have been swinging from the RVZ02 to the TU200 and back. Have considered the M1 case, but it is expensive and dont have a handle like the TU200 does. The RVZ02 dont have a handle as well and would require me to buy a new hd. Also I dont known if both would fit my bag, probably they would require a bigger bag.

I'm very worried about ventilation. How would ventilation behave in such cases? The RVZ02 dont have coolers but the grills are well-positioned. The TU200 have a front cooler but dont have side grills, which is worrisome.

I also considered the TU100 (which would require a mini video card) but it is too small and I fear it will get hotter than the TU200.

So, I need some advice from experts. I will carry the computer as carry-on in a plane, but I will also have to bring headphone, two external hds, keyboard, mouse and the Gechic monitor. Will it weight too much? Should I dispatch the monitor in this case?

If you're going to build a new system, the DDR3 is almost definitely going to have to stay behind. I don't think there are any Mini-ITX boards that support both DDR3 and DDR4.

As far as ventilation goes, you don't have too much to worry about. I've got an ML08, which is internally identical to a RVZ02. The GPU spot is fairly well ventilated, and if/when you get it, you might notice no thermal issues whatsoever. I modded the case to allow installation of 3x 80x80x15mm (4-pin PWM) fans to assist in exhausting heat from my EVGA 1080 SC2, and set them to ramp up based on GPU temp via Speedfan. Ever since, the hottest I've been able to get it has been 67*C. Good ole' Pascal power limit. YMMV and all that, but it's definitely nothing to worry about until you've benchmarked your card in the new case.

As far as your 3.5" HDDs, you technically can use a 3.5" HDD in the spot where a slim dvd drive could go, and I've even seen builds on PC Parts Picker where people have installed a 2nd 3.5" drive in the place where the 2.5" drives would go. Of course doing this would mean the only SSD's you could use would be the NVME form factor.

Also, you can buy a handle for the RVZ02, or you could just get an ML08B-H, and it'd be included.
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